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Indonesia take first-ever rowing gold

North and South Korea compete with combined team

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Palembang: Host nation Indonesia took its first-ever Asian Games rowing gold on Friday to the delight of cheering home fans watching the last rowing race of the tournament.

Victory in the lightweight men’s eight was the country’s ninth gold medal in the regional Olympics, bringing it only two short of its record set in 1962, the last time the nation hosted the event.

As they crossed the finish line, the team stood up in their boat, pumping their fists in the air while overjoyed supporters repeatedly chanted “Indonesia!”

Uzbekistan took the silver, while Hong Kong’s bronze was its second rowing medal of the day after bagging silver in the men’s lightweight single sculls.

In the day’s other six rowing races, China scooped up three more golds, bringing the giant to an all-time Asian Games gold medal tally of 1,400.

Korea and Japan took one gold each and India came first in the men’s quadruple sculls to win its second-ever rowing gold.

But the day saw an end to the symbolic rowing hopes of Unified Korea, a team combining athletes from both the North and South of the divided peninsula.

Their women’s lightweight double sculls team came in last, and the lightweight men’s eight team finished fifth out of six.

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